Pronunciation: (an'ses-trē or, esp. Brit., -su-strē),[key] —n., —pl.-tries. 1. family or ancestral descent; lineage.
2. honorable or distinguished descent: famous by title and ancestry. 3. a series of ancestors: His ancestry settled Utah. 4. the inception or origin of a phenomenon, object, idea, or style.
5. the history or developmental process of a phenomenon, object, idea, or style.